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Mar 5, 2012 04:30 PM

best fresh tomatoes

Hello all,

I'm wondering whether there is a place to get really good-tasting fresh tomatoes.

Even Central Market and Whole Foods, so great in so many ways, seem to sell many completely flavorless tomatoes.

Should I try Jimmy's? Is there a certain variety or brand to look for? It's a shame that so many tomatoes seem to have almost no flavor at all.

Many thanks in advance.

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  1. Jimmy's tomatoes come from Tennessee and IMHO are just as tasteless (albeit, cheaper) as those from C-M and Wholefoods.

    The "heirloom" tomatoes offered by both C-M and Wholefoods are stupidly priced and not worth their cost.

    Personally, I really like the tomatoes from J.T. Lemley's and the other independent farmers at the Dallas Farmers Market.

    The samples offered by each vendor will tell you what you want to know.

    However, we really need to wait until prime tomato season starts in July and ends in late September or depending on the particular season, early October.

    The tomatoes from Spicer's 1410 market are excellent! But, you've got to get to them before he sells the best ones to the restaurants.

    1. Looking for great tasting tomatoes in early March in TX ain't gonna happen!! Right now I'm surviving on grape tomatoes or Romas from Mexico. I enjoyed the best tasting tomatoes the year I lived in Memphis, TN. The tomatoes from "Bill's Garden" (Bill was a neighbor) were amazing. Many evenings my dinner was simply one of "Bill's tomatoes" with gorganzola, balsamic, salt & pepper.

      Good luck to you!

      1. Thank you!!

        I don't mind waiting for the season -- just want to know where to look. Will check again in the summer.

        1. Dallas Farmer's Market. Look and make sure you are buying from a grower and not just a buyer. More often than not, Lemley's are the best. But I like to taste around. There are usually only two or three growers, do it doesn't take long.

          1. Costco carries Campari tomatoes and they are good. Some of the grocery stores also carry them.

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            1. re: mjtx

              Costco's tomatoes are very good for a hothouse tomato. I think they may be organic as well. The "Roma" tomatoes are excellent.